National Science Scholarships

By Barry Solomon , last updated January 9, 2012

If your interests lie in science, engineering, technology, or math and you are seeking to fund your higher education, then a National Science Scholarship is one route you should definitely consider. The National Science Foundation makes grants to participating colleges and universities to support scholarships for financially needy students who can demonstrate the academic credentials associated with success in these fields. The scholarships may be applied toward associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in any discipline within the sciences. Application is made through the financial aid office of your college or university.

While specific requirements may vary somewhat from school to school, they generally require that you have at least completed one science or technology course. You do not have to be a US citizen to apply, but you must be a lawfully admitted resident. Scholarships are generally in the range of $300 to $5,000 per academic year, depending on the degree of financial need and are awarded to full time students enrolled in at least nine course units. Students must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 with at least a 3.0 in their science and technology courses.

You are required to fill out and sign an application and to submit two letters of recommendation from teachers of math, science or technology courses that you have completed. These letters should offer insights not only about your academic performance, but about your character, special talents, and potential for making a contribution to society. Provide a transcript along with a plan for your continuing education. If you have worked at all in a job related to science and technology or served as a volunteer, indicate that in the personal statement you are required to write, along with your goals for the future in these fields. Make sure that your application is well organized and makes a good appearance. Submit it before your school's deadline.

There are some specialized awards from organizations too. The Society for Women Engineers offers financial assistance to women admitted to college or graduate programs with scholarships in the range of $1,000 to $10,000 each. There are also a number of corporate scholarships from companies like Coca-Cola and Hertz that are available, usually with a preference to the children of employees.

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